GRANT COUNTY - As schools around the county open their doors for the 2002-03 school year, students enter with new expectations, and in three schools, are greeted by new superintendents - Lloyd Hartley at Long Creek, Scott Langkamp at Monument, and Kerma Berry at Dayville.
Lloyd Hartley joins the Long Creek School District as a first-year administrator. His parents are both teachers and he grew up in Medford. After high school he attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in business and economics. For a time he managed retail stores then worked as a computer specialist in a private school. That experience prompted him to get a master's degree in teaching.
At Elkton School, with a student population of 170, for four years Hartley taught computer and Spanish. In June 2002, he received his administrator's license through the U of O and he and his wife, Sandy, arrived in Long Creek where they played on the community's city softball league this summer.
Hartley is encouraged that the Long Creek School is adding more electives to the curriculum, such as home economics, debate and drama, drivers education, landscaping and weight lifting. In addition, this is the first year for the dormitory which houses eight foreign exchange students and another four foreign students living with families in the community.
In his spare time, Hartley reads and enjoys outdoor activities, especially golf. He plans to be very involved with the students and their extra-curricular activities such as FFA and debate competitions. One personal goal he has is to bow hunt.
Coincidentally, about half of Long Creek School's staff is new this year due to retirements and together with Hartley have expressed anticipation of a promising year.
Scott Langkamp now sits in the superintendent's chair at Monument High School. His focus this year is: "I promise that everyone in the Monument School District will be valued and visible." He is aware of the struggles of small schools and is determined to do what he can to keep the school afloat financially. He also feels this could be "a very attractive district, with some work."
Langkamp was born at Lewistown, Pa., but moved around since his father was a traveling salesman. When he was in junior high, the family settled at Eugene and he graduated from Elmira High School in 1966. After serving a stint in the United States Navy as an aircraft hydraulics mechanic, he worked a variety of odd jobs. While employed at BiMart in Albany, he met a teacher, Bev, and they married. With assistance from the G.I. Bill, he attended Linn Benton Community College, then received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Oregon College in Monmouth.
He taught second grade in Corvallis for seven years then taught seventh grade math and science at Elkton School, where he also coached basketball and helped prepare students for competitions such as Odyssey of the Mind, Destination ImagiNation, and was involved with the school drama program. For the past two years, he served as principal of Elkton Grade School. He received his administrator's license from the University of Oregon and has been accepted for the doctoral program, which he is considering.
Although he hasn't spent much time in Eastern Oregon, several years ago he attended the North American Archer's Association rendezvous at Fox. Langkamp is a traditional long bow archer and he enjoys other outdoor sports as well - hunting, fishing and biking (he has learned to watch out for Grant County hazards such as skunk and deer). As an artist, he loves painting, watercolors, pen and ink and colored pencil drawings.
He and his wife have three children, 25-year-old son Eric, and two daughters, 19-year-old Emily and 17-year-old Erin, who are all students at Umpqua Community College.
Kerma (Cant) Berry returns to her old stomping grounds as Dayville School superintendent. She was born at the hospital when it was at Prairie City and attended 12 years at Dayville School, graduating in 1965.
After high school, she had aspirations of a career in the medical field as she attended Eastern Oregon State College, but at the University of Oregon received a bachelor's degree in general science with a minor in education. She then taught school at Imbler for 30 years. Junior high and high school received her instruction in a variety of subjects including: math, science, home economics, agriculture, physical education and computer studies.
After a move to Elgin, she served as high school principal and athletic director for the 2000-01 school year. Last year she took on duties of superintendent, principal and athletic director.
"It is exciting to back at Dayville," she said. "It will be fun to rebuild relationships and revisit all those people I've been away from for a long time."
There will be some adjustments. Imbler school served 350-400 students; Elgin, 450 students. This year, Dayville School has about 60 students. The staff consists of four elementary teachers and four high school teachers.
Berry feels the school is the center of the community and looks forward to her new duties with anticipation of good, even though it is hard to predict school funding. Her goal for this year is to "try to survive as a viable K-12 school." Berry's efforts will be focused on providing a service that is attractive to parents as well as providing students with opportunities to be successful, to have the youth value their education and think about how they will use it.
Of her return to Dayville School, Berry said, "The elementary hall seemed so long when I was in school, somehow it now seems much smaller."
Kerma, is joined by her husband, Bryce. They have two grown children, Jason and Matt.